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'54%' do not believe Lords represent UK

Over half of those quizzed by Daybreak and the Mirror said they did not believe peers in the House of Lords were effective at representing Britain.

The poll asked 1000 voters across the country and found:

  • 54% did not believe the Lords did a good job representing Britain.
  • Only 27% disagreed.
  • More than half, 53%, think the 92 blood hereditary peers should be axed.
  • 23% thought they should stay.
  • Almost four out of five, 78%, back efforts to kick out those with criminal convictions like Lord Hanningfield, who was jailed over a previous expenses scandal.

Poll: Just '11%' happy with House of Lords

Only 11% of voters are happy with the House of Lords as its stands, according to a Daybreak and Mirror poll.

An overwhelming number of voters want to see elected peers replace current Lords. Credit: PA

Out of the 1000 people quizzed, just over three quarters, 76%, said they supported sweeping reforms which would replace hereditary and appointed peers.

It has been a scandal heavy week for the Lords. An investigation by the Mirror showed Lord Hanningfield pocketing £300 a day after spending as little as 21 minutes in Parliament.

Despite a huge defeat on Lords reform in 2012, Nick Clegg has called for sweeping reforms to the upper chamber in wake of the Hanningfield scandal.

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Nick Clegg hopes parliament has 'inched' towards Lords reform

As Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg formally announced the government's withdrawal of the Lords reform Bill, he said he hoped the process had "inched us forward" towards such a measure in the future.

He told MPs with a smile, "I would like to make a statement on House of Lords reform ... or what's left of it."

I can confirm that the government has today withdrawn that Bill, about which I am not as happy as members behind me are.

Regrettably the coalition will not be able to deliver Lords reform during this parliament.

My hope is that we will return to this in the next parliament, emboldened by the historic second reading vote.

For now, the immediate decision for the Government is how we fill the gap in the legislative timetable and we will bring forward measures to promote growth."

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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Nick Clegg confirms Lords reform abandoned

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed today that the government has abandoned its proposal for House of Lords reform.

Nick Clegg still hopes to see House of Lords reform in the future Credit: PA Wire

Speaking in parliament, Mr Clegg said he still hopes that plans for a mainly-elected second chamber would be revived in the next parliament as he formally confirmed to MPs that the Bill had been withdrawn.

Cameron: 'We want the boundary change to go ahead'

David Cameron has spoken about the Lords reform and boundary changes, blaming Labour and "others in Parliament" for abandoning Lords reform the Prime Minister said:

"I was not going to have month after month of wrangling when the real issue facing this country is getting our economy moving."

However Mr Cameron made no comment on the state of the coalition after Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of breaking the coalition contract.

Mr Clegg has withdrawn support for proposed boundary changes which Mr Cameron said he still wanted to go ahead.

Lord Winston: Lords reform bill 'so badly prepared' and 'immoral'

The Labour peer Lord Winston has given his reaction to government plans to reform the House of Lords.

He told ITV News there was a strong possibility that the Bill "might not get to the House of Lords as it had been so badly prepared".

He also explained why he thinks the current motivation for Lords reform is "immoral" and highlighted the benefits of a non-elected chamber.

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